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Saturday 7th February, 2015. St John's, Antigua St John's is the capital and largest city of Antigua and Barbuda, a country located in the West Indies in the Caribbean sea. With a population of 81,799. St John's is the commercial centre of the nation and the chief port on the island of Antigua. The settlement of St John's has been the administrative centre since the islands were first colonised in 1632. We arrived much earlier than our scheduled 2 pm. We went and had a posh breakfast and then went up on deck to call Sprout, our Antiguan friend, to let him know we were early. He was taking their new puppy to the vet for its final jabs so said he would pick us up on the way back. We disembarked the ship and M ... read more
9. Riley
16. Lunch at Cloggy's
31. View from Shirley Heights


Well its been a couple of relaxing days since leaving Fort Lauderdale, quite windy and a bit of roll n roll on the boat as well, doesn't bother us though. We have met some lovely people aboard, majority Americans I think around 1500, 299 Australians, Canadians, Brazilians, Chinese from Hong Kong, Turks, English, 30 odd New Zealanders so a bit of a mix. Hutch the guy who did all our pre port lectures on our World Cruise is also on this cruise, also have met 6 passengers who were on our world cruise as well, amazing! This ship, being a third again bigger than what we have travelled on before, seems to have a lot more space, certainly more speciality restaurants and bars. Show last night was a Ballroom Show, great singing and dancing! Was formal ... read more
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ANTIGUA CRICKET STADIUM


Today we are back in the CARIBBEAN ISLANDS! Antigua. It’s 77 degrees, humid, with soft trade winds. YES! People ask me all the time...where is my favorite place in the world? That’s such a hard question and there is no clear answer as I have found amazingly friendly helpful people all over the world. There are awesome vistas and food everywhere and history beyond comprehension in the cities and country sides of this planet. The answer for each us, lies within us. Where do you feel like you belong, where are the places in the world that touch your heart and soul? Although I love many places, topping the list is Paris, the Baltic from Copenhagen to St. Petersburg and from Oslo to Stockholm to Helsinki. Add Turkey, Italy and England. Of course no list would ... read more
Carib Bean Coffee Company
St Johns Cathedral
Cope & Jean


Thursday 18th December, 2014. Antigua, British Leeward Islands, West Indies A 'beach with an island in the middle' is a great way to describe this island. Antigua and its little sisters Barbuda and Redonda are the most developed of the 4 British Leeward Islands. Antigua is the largest and is roughly circular in shape and about 12 miles in diameter and has more than 350 spectacular beaches with gleaming pink-white sand backed by gently waving palms. Rainfall is low which accounts for the fact that there are no rivers. The original inhabitants around 4,000 years ago disappeared mysteriously, leaving the island uninhabited for nearly 10 centuries. By the time Christopher Columbus (CC) arrived on his second voyage in the late 15th century, the Arawak Indians were in residence, followed closely by the Caribs. Antigua was 'discovered' ... read more
6. Copper and Lumber Store Hotel,  Nelson's Dockyard
28. Sprout Outside Engineers' Offices, Nelson's Dockyard
32. Lunch at Cloggys


Well, let put it simply....when the clouds are grey, when the rain is pouring, even for few hours per day...gorgeous places do look a little less gorgeous...I know about this pretty well having lived since 1996 in Asia. So today, the sky is grey, we had some serious rain, it's just one of these days. They have to happen, for our planet to remain green..and for the tourists we are, it's just a different day... Here we are in Antigua, another new country on my little list. The big cruise ships berth right into St Johns, the capital. The Club Med 2 is mooring at English Dock, South East of the island. I thought these yachts were cool yesterday in St Barths. Well, you've seen nothing. I had never seen so many huge and gorgeous toys ... read more
In St Johns...that's clearly not my cup of tea!
Beach in English Dock, I'm sure it would be nicer with some sun!
St Johns, capital of Antigua and Barbuda


Antigua, the first settlement dates back to 2400 B.C. Antigua and Barbuda are located in the centre of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean. Antigua is the largest of all English speaking Leeward Islands and has a population of 85,000. Antiguan’s love their cricket and is home to some of the best players ever to play the game, namely Viv Richards, Richie Richardson, Curtly Ambrose and Andy Roberts. Today we did a tour of Nelson’s Dockyard who in 1784 would have had little reason to believe that the port would develop into one of Great Britain’s most important military bases. The influence of Admiral Nelson can be seen in the dramatic architecture of the forts that dominate the landscape. Nelson’s Admiralty house sands tall in the dockyard unfortunately he never slept there as it was ... read more
Shirley Heights
Very Colourful
Antigua


After 27 hours of travelling we were pleased to arrive in South Beach Miami for a one night stopover on the way to the Carribbean. We arrived early evening at the Essex Hotel an Art Deco building one block from the beach front, we still had just enough energy to go for a walk along the beach front to admire the art deco buildings. Ron's description of South Beach "that it is the Gold Coast on steroids" was well founded. The beach front was full of restaurants, clubs and lots of young people out to party. We enjoyed listening to a jazz band while having a drink and people watching before finally retiring around midnight. Both very tired but happy to be starting our next six week adventure. The flight to St Kitts from Miami was ... read more
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ST KITTS
NEVIS


Antigua reminds me of a beautiful woman who is having a quiet night in, and you are fortunate enough to meet her for the first time. There is something about her, no doubt, but it is an understated beauty. Hey, need I remind you this is the Caribbean, so the island is bound to impress right? That being said, Antigua has 365 beaches which is the most in the Caribbean, and one for every day of the year as the locals are fond of saying. This Caribbean pearl is a regular stomping ground for the rich and famous for very good reason. When you first lay eyes on the beaches of Antigua it all comes into focus, as this stunning island is the most beautiful beach destination I've ever had the privilege to visit. Antigua, my ... read more
Sir Viv Richards stadium and statue
Fort in St John's
English phone booth … on the beach!


10thApril Arrived Antigua after a good sail from Guadeloupe and a 0600 departure. Got a few jobs done on the boat, the main one being to fix the anchor winch, hence staying in the Jolly Harbour Marina. Also had a teak grate made for cockpit floor to keep my feet dry on long passages. Few more bits and pieces done while we’re next to a chandlery. Hired a car for a day and circumnavited the island. Went to Falmouth Harbour and English Harbour where Nelson’s Dockyard is – a historic harbour, the main one used in the Caribbean. Went on to see Devils Bridge and then Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground. Here we met Mervyn Richards – Viv’s younger brother. He was very keen to chat to us about our sailing and showed us around the ... read more
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Jolly Harbour Marina




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